A group show of three artists Ahsan Asghar, Amina El Edroos and Nauman Abid recently took place at Artchowk Gallery in Karachi.
Having worked with photographs for a long time, artist Ahsan Asghar started questioning the notion of photography, which he later discovered is unquestionable. In the age of abundance of images, his eye found liberation from general limitations of form. He started using the medium as his subject, or at least paternal to the subject. He is interested in exploring the reality of an image with respect to a certain time and space, which has led him to multiple directions. In his recent works, he has used images as sculpture.
For Amina El Edroos, the suburbs of Islamabad, with its orderly housing properties that are surrounded by hilly terrains, represents an ever-evolving landscape and provides fertile ground for reflecting on the nature of change and sameness. In this body of work, the artist has experimented with layering images and using double exposure to create collages and provide a different perspective on scenes from everyday life. She has expanded on this train of thought in the photograph collection titled 5pm. This work is a compilation of skyscapes that were taken at a specific time in sunset in the same neighborhood over a period of three years. However, the variety of images captured by working within this limited framework is homage to the pockets of beauty that can be found within the everyday. Furthermore, this meditation on lived space and memory is enhanced in the work titled Still Life. Here, the artist observed the role that time has to play when it is stretched out and the subject under study slowly but perceptibly changes moment to moment.
Artist Nauman Abid takes inspiration from the surroundings in which he breathes. He is interested in the conflicted relationship between the actual and desired. In his practice he works with notions of desire, mundane influences and aspirations; for a western or pseudo-western life. The idea of self-Identification in the contemporary times due to the virtual and cyber interventions; his practice revolves around the subjects of lost, incompleteness and absence of presence. The prime concerns entertained in his image making practice are of the contradiction between virtual and real world and displacement of ideology.